Pro Bowl rosters for the 2015 NFL season have been revealed. The 2015 Pro Bowl rosters showcase quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers, as revealed live on NFL Network. Both players have been key to the successes of their respective teams, with Brady overcoming injuries to most key players on the Patriots roster and Newton leading the Panthers to a 14-0 record thus far. Newton and Brady could start the Pro Bowl this season if the teams aren’t in conference championship games.
So far this season, Tom Brady has posted 4,405 passing yards and 35 touchdowns for the New England Patriots. Brady also has a 64.3 completion percentage and a quarterback rating of 103.8 through 14 games. He leads the entire NFL in passing yards and touchdowns. Cam Newton has 3,402 passing yards to go with 33 passing touchdowns, a 58.8 completion percentage, and a 98.9 quarterback rating. Newton also has 580 rushing yards and an additional seven touchdowns on the ground.
The six quarterbacks named to the Pro Bowl rosters are Brady, Newton, Russell Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger, Carson Palmer, and Aaron Rodgers.
NFC receivers on the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl rosters are highlighted by Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons and Odell Beckham of the New York Giants. Jones has 118 catches for 1,544 yards and seven touchdowns. Beckham now has 91 catches for 1,396 yards and 13 touchdowns. In the AFC, the receivers leading the Pro Bowl rosters are Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers and DeAndre Hopkins of the Houston Texans. Brown has 116 catches for 1,586 yards and nine touchdowns, while Hopkins has 97 catches for 1,315 yards and 10 touchdowns.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught 66 passes for 1,072 yards and 11 touchdowns to become the top AFC tight end again. Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olson also made the team as one of 10 Panthers on the 2015 Pro Bowl rosters. The other Panthers players are quarterback Cam Newton, running back Jonathan Stewart, fullback Mike Tolbert, outside linebacker Thomas Davis, center Ryan Kalil, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, cornerback Josh Norman, defensive lineman Kawann Short, and guard Trai Turner.
The Pro Bowl running backs are Dovanta Freeman of the Atlanta Falcons, Todd Gurley of the St. Louis Rams, Doug Martin of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, and Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers. Notable snubs at the running back position are Letavious Murray of the Oakland Raiders and Chris Ivory of the New York Jets.
Seven Arizona Cardinals players made the Pro Bowl and they are Justin Bethel on special teams, defensive lineman Calais Campbell, receiver Larry Fitzgerald, guard Mike Lupati, free safety Tyrann Mathieu, quarterback Carson Palmer and cornerback Patrick Peterson. The rival Seattle Seahawks also have seven players on the Pro Bowl roster and they are quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end Michael Bennett, strong safety Kam Chancellor, return specialist Tyler Lockett, cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.
The Carolina Panthers lead all teams with 10 players on the Pro Bowl rosters. The Panthers are followed by the Seattle Seahawks (7), Arizona Cardinals (7), New England Patriots (7), and Kansas City Chiefs (5). Each of the four teams have numerous representatives on the defensive side of the ball, underscoring how these may easily be the most well-rounded teams in the NFL this season. A group of cornerbacks including Richard Sherman, Patrick Peterson, Darrelle Revis, and Josh Norman might also make this the deepest secondary a Pro Bowl roster has seen.
The 2015 NFL Pro Bowl rosters will get a chance to play in the big game on Sunday, January 31. The game takes place one week before Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara.
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